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PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity) for Exports to Uganda

Exporting to Uganda? You now require a Certificate of Conformity for products regulated under the Uganda Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).

To assure its consumers of the safety and quality of imported goods, the Government of Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards has re-instated from 3rd December 2012 a series of guidelines known as a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).

The PVoC verifies the conformity of all regulated products and enforces their standards. Compliance to PVoC requirements are applicable in addition to any existing import processes. Every consignment of regulated products exported to Uganda require a Certificate of Conformity.

Intertek is authorised by the Government of Uganda to issue the Certificates of Conformity.

UNBS Responsibilities

UNBS is responsible for the adoption and application of the standards for both imported and domestically manufactured products in the Ugandan market. The PVoC Standards Programme is a conformity assessment and verification procedure applied to specific Goods/Products at the respective exporting countries, to ensure their compliance with the applicable Ugandan Technical Regulations and Mandatory Standards or approved equivalents.

The primary objective of applying Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme is:

  • Ensure quality of products, health and safety
  • Protect the environment for Ugandans
  • Meet requirements of the PVoC


All consignments subject to PVoC must obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued by an authorized PVoC Agent, such as Intertek, prior to shipment. The CoC is a mandatory document for Customs Clearance in Uganda; consignments arriving at Ugandan Ports without this document will be denied entry into the country.

The key elements undertaken in the PVoC are:

  • Physical inspection prior to shipment
  • Sampling, testing and analysis in accredited laboratories
  • Quality Audit of production processes
  • Documentary review of conformity with regulations
  • Issuance of Certificate of Conformity (CoC) or Non Conformity Report (NCR) as appropriate.


Importer & Exporter Responsibilities

Importers

Ensure their suppliers are conversant with import quality requirements and that their consignments are accompanied with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from the authorized PVoC Agent.

Exporters

Ensure their products or goods meet the regulations and quality requirements of Uganda before shipment by obtaining the necessary Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from the authorized PVoC Service Provider for all products subject to the PVoC programme. Failure to do so will result in a penalty and a destination inspection being applied. Consignments that do not meet the standards of the PVoC will either be re-exported to the country of origin or destroyed at the exporters cost.

UNBS: Ensures that only quality goods gain entry into the country, thereby offering the necessary protection to Uganda's consumers in safety, health and environmental matters.

Routes of Certification

Route A - Occasional Exports

  • No product registration
  • Product Testing and Shipment Inspection
  • Issuance of CoC


Route B - Frequent Exporters

  • Product registration
  • Shipment Inspection and random Product testing
  • Issuance of CoC


Route C - Frequent Exporters and High Volume Manufacturers

  • Product licensing
  • Product licensing
  • Issuance of CoC


Intertek can provide a tailor-made service that meets your particular needs, including:

  • Submission of assessment requests online
  • Automated e-mails for status of certificates
  • Flexible certificate delivery solutions for high volume users


Contact us to see how Intertek can help your organization with Uganda PVoC Routes of Certification

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